Can My Dog Swim?

Summer is here, and so is the hot weather. This means more time outside and in the water. Swimming and water play can be a great exercise for your dog. If caution isn’t taken, this fun activity can potentially turn tragic. Not all breeds are instinctive swimmers, so make sure you properly teach your dog how to swim before taking them to open water.

Protect your dog against drowning:

  • Know your dog; some dogs aren’t built for swimming and will likely be better off on dry land.
  • Never throw a dog into a body of water.
  • Never leave a dog unattended around water. Be sure to fence in your pool if you have one.
  • If you have a pool, show your dog how to get out using the steps. The two of you should practice exiting the pool together until your dog understands where the exits are and how to get out if they accidentally fall in.
  • Swimming is tiring, and a pooped dog is more susceptible to drowning. It’s up to YOU to get your dog out of the water for periods of rest.
  • Invest in a doggie life jacket.
  • Rinse off your dog after swimming to get rid of chlorine and salt water, which can dry their skin.
  • Ensure the ear canals are dry. Moisture in the ears can lead to infections.
  • Always keep a dish of fresh water available at all times!

If you have any concerns about your pet swimming, please contact us at 204-269-8162.

Written by Diane, Practice Manager